Earthquake Preparedness

GEG 190

Apr26 2003

1) Pre Earthquake

I. My location and its risks.

A. I live in a home so I should asses what the foundation is built on

1. Regardless of terrain, Bolt the home to the foundation

2. Repair any structural dammage

B. Seccure all heavy and tall furniture to floor or wall studs(eg. water heater)

C. Earthwuake proof anything and everyting that may be of danger

II. Gather Supplies

A. Stockpile food and water

B. Have a stash of clothing for everyone in the household

III. Make a plan

A. Agree on a meeting place if your family is ever seperated

B. Have an alternate meeting place in case of unforseen events.

C. Practice your escape routs and plans.

2) Durring the Earthquake

I. Protect yourself

A. Seek safety(eg. inbetween doorframes, under tables etc...)

B. If you are injured there is little chance that you can help anyone else

C. The primary and ultimate goal DURRING an earhtquake is to survie

D.There? not a lot you can do if the earth opens up under your feet and swallows you whole

So protection from falling objects is the most universal danger

E.Aftershocks are likely and can be nearly as destructive as the initial shock

If you are safe, sit tight for the first 15 to 30 minutes, be ready to move if you must

3)After the Earthquake

I. Meet up with friends and family as planned

II. Seccure supplies that you have storred or that are readly available

III. Give everyone tasks to do to keep thier minds off the shock of the quake

IV. Help those that are in need, asses your supplies and spare what you can,

most likely they would do the same

V. Now that the event is over and your family is cared for you need to asses the dammage

A. Asses where the money will come form to fix your home

(eg. earhtquake insurance or out of pocket)

B. Dont cut corners when rebuilding, make your homestead stronger so that it can withstand a quake better next time